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What Would You Do With $20,000?

If I gave you $20,000 today and you had to use it on your home, what would you change?

I bet the following would be some of the most popular:

  • Flooring
  • Appliances
  • Paint
  • Siding repair
  • Smart-home system (I confess, this would be in my top 5)
  • Deck/patio paint or re-stain
  • New windows (may not be able to do all of them)

Why replace your windows - Wagner Realty Team

Some of us might splurge on something we have always wanted like skylights or an Italian marble bathroom.

But if you are going to be selling in the next few years, according to HGTV, “Basic maintenance, such as the roof and exterior painting, are frequently more important than an awesome kitchen.”  If the roof is leaking, it is probably going to be a deal breaker.

But something to remember is just because you may put $20,000 into the home, does not mean it is worth $20,000 more.  I will talk about the value of improvements another time.

But right now, it is fun to think about…

So How’s the Decluttering Going?

Can you hear me laughing?  That is the sound of my humor for all my friends that have a resolution to declutter this year.  I tried it once a few years ago – will never do THAT again!  What a project!

We all know HOW to declutter, just throw stuff away.  We can start small: focus on one room at a time, making progress each day working towards a more simplified clear and clean home.  Or we can go big: rent a dumpster and throw out everything.  Sounds tempting?  Easier yes, but could get costly.

So it it’s not the HOW to declutter, then it’s the WHY to declutter.  Why do so many people have decluttering on their list of resolutions?  I think it is a highly personal thing.  Maybe one wants to eliminate the stress that all the mess causes each day, another may want to just clean up the house for company coming soon, and yet another has a huge issue they are avoiding in their lives, so keeping busy let’s them evade that longer.  See what I mean?


But no matter the reason, have you ever talked to anyone that was UNHAPPY after decluttering?  I haven’t.  Most ask themselves why they kept all that stuff so long when it did nothing to enhance their lives.

What is your reason?  Is it strong enough to get started?  Is the terrific feeling once it’s done worth the pain?  Something for me to think about…

For Sale: 8525 Abingdon Lane – St Marlo – $1,999,900

You will be amazed as you enter the elegant 2 story foyer showcasing a grand staircase, limestone floors, custom finishes & quality craftsmanship. The home sits on a premier golf course lot & offers luxurious appointments including extensive trim, unique ceilings, custom cabinetry, Pella windows, 8 fireplaces, spectacular terrace level, pool, covered porch & more. Designer cherry cabinets & Viking appliances make the kitchen unique while the master suite boasts a fireside, sitting room, spa bath & custom closets. Many more features set this phenomenal home apart.

6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths

Schools: Johns Creek Elementary, Riverwatch Middle, Lambert HS


Executive Style Living in Gated Golf Course Community
6 Bedrooms, 5 Full Bathrooms & 2 Half Bathrooms
Rich Architectural Features Are Evident Throughout
Castle Entries Iron Doors Lead To Open Floor Plan
Fabulous Foyer with Curved Staircase & Limestone Floors
Banquet Sized Dining Room Offers Furniture Niche
Designer Kitchen Boasts Custom Cabinets, Granite,
Island, Stainless VIKING Appliances & Walk-In Pantry
Limestone Fireplace Adorns The Elegant Grand Room
Vaulted Keeping Room has Stone Fireplace & Trusses

Master Suite on Main Has a Sitting Room, Custom Closets
And a Spa Style Travertine Bath with a Bidet
Large Secondary Bedrooms – All Baths Have Jetted Tub
Spectacular Terrace Level Boasts Theater Room, Bar,
Wine Cellar, Family Room, Billiard Room, Study & More
Covered Veranda Has Travertine Floors & Stone Fireplace
Heated, Salt Water Beaux Arts Pool w/Electric Cover
Incredible Views of 6th Fairway & Level, Fenced Back Yard
5 HVAC Systems, 8 Fireplaces, 50+ Speakers, Intercom